Television presenter and actor Nimrod Nkosi has shared his experiences of growing up with an abusive father.
Nkosi, who presented the last two seasons of Mzansi Magic’s Utatakho, said he had to watch his mother suffer physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his father until she got divorced.
My father psychologically abused my mom, and now and then slapped her and after being married in 1974 [they] divorced in ’96… even when that process was happening he continued being verbally abusive towards us
“My father psychologically abused my mom, and now and then slapped her and after being married in 1974 [they] divorced in ’96… even when that process was happening he continued being verbally abusive towards us,” he said on Facebook.
Nkosi, who has for some time been the presenter for the Lotto and for Jam Alley, was speaking amid the storm that followed the death of 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend.
Nkosi said his father’s abuse affected him to such an extent that he almost attacked his father.
“I would be so angry, close to beating him up, but my mother didn’t raise that kind of a man – which begs my question, who raised these violent men? Who broke them?” he asked.
News of Mokoena’s death sparked outrage, prompting a social media debate under the hashtag #MenAreTrash, with various women coming out to share horrid stories of abuse at the hands of partners.
The Isibaya and The Queen actor called on young men to open up about their insecurities and jealousies to root out anger.
Mokoena’s alleged killer appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday and he was remanded in custody until May 24.